Tag Archives: Washington

Ospreys In Action

One of my best photographs I have taken.  I am moved really about the way I caught the birds in action.  It is as if you are looking at the anatomy of the birds as they reached out toward each other. Thought provoking. 

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The Next Big Thing

 New experiences open our eyes to new adventures. Yesterday was one of those days. I went to the horse races at Emerald Downs in Auburn, WA! As you can imagine, the next big thing for thoroughbred owners is to see their beauties win!  

The owner above saw his horse win its first race. I had no idea the winner belonged to him until I saw him go up to the horse. I was able to share this photo with him. 

 

 

So much excitement is noted at the races as you see these beauties go up to 40 mph on the track. 
  
The racehorse is a selective breed and amazingly majestic to view.

   

Above, you see the happy jockey who just won his race. Note his uniform. The shirt is known as silk. It is a tradition that goes back to England in the 1700’s. You can now look at him come from behind in the picture above I took! I dont know who was more excited than him other than the winners watching the race! Yes. There is betting. I am not much into that, but the fun of seeing these  beauties with your eyes is definitely a gift. I can understand how a owner would feel watching his/her baby cross the finishline.   

Enjoy a few more shots I took: 

  
Oh my! Our view of Mt. Ranier! What a way to enjoy a sunny day in the Pacific Northwest! 

   

It is something to see that dirt kicked up! Emerald Downs is enjoying their 20th year anniversary being open. Wow! 

  
I love the gray color of this majestic horse as he races to the finishline. 

  
Oh my- won by a nose!!! I caught with my Nikon!! Yay! 

Disclaimer: I am not promoting gambling at all in this post. I simply enjoyedthe gorgeous   horses. Thank you for dropping by. 

 

 

Golden Gardens And Shilshole Bay

     
       I spent a great day on the Puget Sound in the Ballard neighborhood .  If you are in the Seattle area for vacation, I would recommend visiting this area and taking a stroll along the marina.  Many different birds migrate to this area and this part of Seattle is also known for a large intake of folks from Norway!! Thank you Leif Erikson who actually came upon our shores 500 years before Columbus.

       
      

           

     

      

    The Lady And All Her Mysteries

    Taken from the peep hole of the lady of the lake boat!

    Taken from the peep hole of the lady of the lake boat!

    Do not let this title catch you off guard!  The lady does exist as a boat and the mysteries are real. Recently on one of my many trips to eastern Washington, I went on an all day excursion on a voyage to the head of Lake Chelan.

    Lake Chelan was carved out of glacial ice about 17,000 years ago.

    Lake Chelan was carved out of glacial ice about 17,000 years ago.

    Let me give you perspective of the mysteries of Lake Chelan.  If you stood atop of the Pyramid Peak (8245 ft), overlooking Lake Chelan, and walked three miles straight out, due east, and looked to the bottom of Lucerne Basin (386 ft below sea level), you’d be looking in the deepest gorge in North America.  Obviously this chasm is difficult to view, but no less stunning.

    This campground is near Lucerne where located is the deepest gorge in North America.

    This campground is near Lucerne where located is the deepest gorge in North America.

    In the early days of settlers to this area, dreams were similar to the Gold Rush.  These fantasies vanished  quickly though, and the Lake became more known for its intense natural beauty that brought tourists from far and wide.  Lake Chelan is not only spectacular, but pristine because no roads even to this day have been built to reach the beautiful town of Stehekin.

    Looking out over the grandeur of Lake Chelan is absolutely breathtaking.

    Looking out over the grandeur of Lake Chelan is absolutely breathtaking.

    As you travel on the lady, you will see desert mountains that turn to forests.  You will also feel the weather change through the rough terrain with a drop of a hat as climate changes are felt from the lower part of Lake Chelan where one begins the journey through the hills that finally take you through the deepness of the Cascade Mountain Range.  Along the way, Mother Nature treats you to views only painted by the eyes of famous artists to the degree of the beauty that are so well deserved of this area.

    The clear waters of Lake Chelan make for a majestic ride up river to the town of Stehekin.

    The clear waters of Lake Chelan make for a majestic ride up river to the town of Stehekin.

    There are also very rough patches of mountain peaks that make your jaw drop from its sheer enormity that probably can not be viewed anywhere else in the world.  This experience can be seen through my photos, but to live it is oh so much more worth it.  I hope my words put a desire in your heart to come to the Lady and see the mysteries she will bestow upon you…

    To see this place in real time is amazing!

    To see this place in real time is amazing!

     

    Unplugged

    Family matters especially for the children. So it is time to get unplugged from all Internet activities!!! Winter gives us an opportunity to take our sons up to the mountains. One of the best places we find great trails is a short car ride away. It is Mt. Baker National Park! Come join us on a fun photo showing of our day! http://www.fs.usda.gov/mbs for additional info on this spectacular mountain filled drive. Our Autistic son Luke caps off the end of his day with a dip in our spa. Ahhhhhh!

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